Advocates in Action: Sharing the Credit Union Message with State, Federal Lawmakers

By Samantha Beeler

Spokane advocates meet with Rep. Kevin Parker (from left): Annettee Babb of PrimeSource Credit Union; Wendy Ellis of Numerica Credit Union; Parker; and Tom Johnson of STCU.

Campaign season is in full swing in the Northwest. Candidates in Washington had until last Friday to file for the November election, Oregon voters are casting their ballots in a primary today, and credit union advocates in both states are keeping busy volunteering and supporting their favorite candidates.

  • Spokane advocates got involved in local politics by presenting Rep. Kevin Parker with a CULAF contribution for his 2014 campaign in Washington’s 6th District. Parker spoke at the Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions’ April meeting on Servant Leadership. Much like the credit union philosophy, Parker told the group, Servant Leadership focuses on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.
  • Congressman Denny Heck visited TAPCO Credit Union on April 16 for an all-staff meeting at the credit union’s main office. Heck, who represents Washington’s 10th congressional district, talked about issues of importance to both the credit union movement and the community as a whole.
  • Char Shinn of Oregonians Credit Union met with state Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) and state Rep. Brent Barton (D-Gladstone) to review the accomplishments of Oregon’s short 2014 legislative session. Shinn is a member of the Oregon City Government & Economic Affairs Committee, which organized the event. Levi Manselle of Clackamas Federal Credit Union also attended.
  • U.S. Rep. Denny Heck is surrounded by TAPCO Credit Union employees during an all-staff meeting in April.

    Peninsula Credit Union President/CEO Jim Morrell appeared on radio station KMAS with Congressman Derek Kilmer for the “Daybreak with Jeff & Dale” show. The joint appearance in early April was part of Peninsula’s launch of its Save to Win program. As a state senator, Kilmer (who now represents Washington’s 6th congressional district) authored the legislation that allowed prize-linked savings in Washington. Last fall, he introduced the bipartisan American Savings Promotion Act (HB 3374) with Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas to expand the concept nationally.

  • Peninsula’s Jim Morrell also hosted a campaign event for Congressman Denny Heck. The April 15 event was held at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House in Shelton.

Interested in becoming more involved with advocacy? Let the Northwest Credit Union Association know by emailing Samantha Beeler at, and use this form to let others know about your Advocates in Action events.

Samantha Beeler is the political and grassroots manager for the Northwest Credit Union Association. Reach her at 503.350.2218 or, and look for her Advocates in Action column every month in Anthem.

Questions about this story? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216,

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